John McHugh – Executive Director

John joined The Arc Mid-Hudson in early 2008 as Chief Financial Officer and became Executive Director in 2013. In July 2018, John was appointed Executive Director of The Arc Putnam and oversaw the unification of  The Arc of Ulster-Greene and The Arc Putnam to what is now known as The Arc Mid-Hudson. He has over 18 years of financial experience in the fields of disability services and hospital administration. John’s connection to The Arc began as a teen when his younger brother, Jimmy, was born with Down Syndrome and the entire family began to receive services from Orange County AHRC. Now John is committed to helping families just like his provide individuals with developmental disabilities the opportunity to lead fulfilling lives.

John holds an MBA from SUNY New Paltz as well as a dual certified Masters in Education and Special Education from Mount St. Mary College. John is a Board Member for NADSP.

John’s wife, Melissa, is a NYS certified Special Education teacher, and together they have three young children, Brian, Isabella, and Olivia. John and his family reside in Ulster County.


Jennifer Leale – Chief Financial Officer

Jennifer joined the ARC family in 2018 with 20+ years of experience in the fields of developmental disabilities and health care.  Jennifer has served in various financial management and leadership roles including Director of Finance and Assistant Executive Director of Finance.  Jennifer holds a MBA in Technology Management with Accounting from SUNY Polytechnic Institute and a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from SUNY Plattsburgh.  Jennifer resides in Red Hook with her children Kaleigh and Ryan.


Nan Priest – Chief Operating Officer

Nan has been an integral member of The Arc family for over thirty years. Since beginning her tenure in 1985, Nan has served in many leadership roles, including intake coordinator, director of community support services, and director of clinical services. Nan holds an MPA from Marist College, and she and her husband Tim live in Ulster County along with three children – Ben, Jacob, and Maggie.


Gary Bellows – Business Development Officer

Gary came back to The Arc Mid-Hudson in March 2016 as the Business Development Officer. Prior to this, he held the position of Vice President of Business Services for Gateway Community Industries in Kingston where he managed the food, product, and job training services.  Between 1991 and 1998, Gary was the Director of Marketing for Pilot Industries (The Arc of Ulster-Greene’s sheltered work center that is no longer operating). Gary holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources Management from SUNY Plattsburgh and is the elected supervisor for the Town of Hurley.  A lifelong resident of Ulster County, Gary lives in Hurley with his wife Valerie and is very proud of his three grown children – Gavin, Brooke, and Liam.


Linda Gomes – General Counsel

845.278.7272 x 2408


Mandy Kelder – Director of Operations

(Greene & Ulster Counties)
(845) 331-4300 ext. 41217


Louise Rheem – Director of Operations

(Putnam County)

(845) 278-7272 ext. 32404


Marcene Basch Johnson – Director of Educational Services
(845) 687-7250


Jane Curtin, Ph. D – Program Director, The Parkside Preschool


(845) 628-2280, ext. 4310



Nancy Dib, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA, Chief Clinical Officer

(845) 338-1234 ext. 42732


Melissa Nilsen – Director of Quality Management & Corporate Compliance
(845) 331-4300 ext. 41275


Mark Vanyo -Director of Human Resources 
(845) 331-4300 ext. 41248


Alice M. Dickey, SHRM-SCP -Director of Workforce Development


(845) 331-4300 ext. 41236


Lori McCabe –  Senior Director of Communications and Development
(845) 331-4300 ext. 41228